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Pokhara - Education Volunteer

About Your Location

Pokhara ticks all the right boxes, with spectacular scenery, adventure activities and food choices galore. The scene is a chilled-out version of Thamel, stretching along the shore of a tranquil lake with bobbing paddle boats. You can enjoy a clear view of the snow-capped mountains, the majestic Himalayas, just twenty or so kilometres away. But there’s much more to Pokhara than its laid-back charm. It also boasts a boom in adventure sports as it is arguably the best paragliding venue in the world and is surrounded by white-water rivers. The city is also the gateway to the world-famous treks in and around the Annapurna range and beyond.

Aims & Objectives

To help the kids grow in their confidence and learn better English which will help them in many ways in the future.

Weekly Schedule & Activities

Introduction Day
Your project starts with an introduction day in Kathmandu on Monday, including cultural "do's and don'ts", safety concerns, as well as some basic local language lessons. On Tuesday, you will be transferred to Pokhara and picked up at the Bus Station in Pokhara upon your arrival. You will start the project on Wednesday.

Monday to Friday
Volunteers teach four to five lessons a day from Monday to Friday from 10:00 until 16:00. There are on average 25 students in a class. Lunch will be provided at the school. The local schools usually have a rather dull curriculum so out-of-the-box activities and creative experiences such as sports and games
are more than welcome and really appreciated by the children. It's also a good idea to bring posters, pictures, music tapes and so on to brighten up the lessons.

Optional Culture Week

This program can also include a Culture Week which is highly recommended but not mandatory - just inform your travel advisor if you wish to include it. Experience and get an in-depth knowledge of the ancient traditions, culture, language, temples, and Buddhist monasteries in this Himalayan country. Our Culture Week will get you kickstarted into this amazing country located at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. Not only will you get to learn about the language and lifestyle, but you will also visit temples, go on a hiking tour and even take part in a scavenger hunt race at a local market!

Aims & Objectives of the Culture Week
During this week, you will learn about Nepalese culture through a series of introductory culture classes which are designed to help you develop your Nepalese language skills and deepen your understanding of the Nepalese way of life complete with details on rituals and customs. You will learn about Nepal's history and the religious influences which have shaped it. Moreover, we will pay a visit to the local shops and markets that will get you learning as you go with the local culture and how to become a part of it. As part of your city tour and orientation, you will also visit some amazing sites such as the temple of Swayambhunath: one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Kathmandu.

Schedule***
Monday
Puja to the gods & goddesses and name-giving ceremony
Go over the week’s schedule and handling of documents
An introduction game to get to know fellow participants
Cultural seminar on social behavioral norms, dos & don’ts in Nepalese culture. Intercultural eating and drinking habits, bathing and clothing customs in Nepalese culture.
A little assignment for you to explore your neighborhood and find local civic places such as banks (ATM), temples, schools, restaurants etc.

Tuesday
A social interactive session to get to know each other and an opportunity to bring out concerns about your health etc so that we will be aware.
Nepali language training
Shopping at the local market
Orientation tour of the city of Nepal with an interesting game called “Scavenger Hunt”, we will tell you more about this when you are here
Movie Night

Wednesday
Yoga and meditation
Nepali cooking session
Cultural as well as historical orientation tour to Sleeping Bishnu, Jamchen Vijay Stupa and ISKON Temple as ISP

Thursday
A cultural as well as historical orientation tour to the famous Swayambhunath temple
A talk on schooling and education system in Nepal and placement sites
Culture Night

Friday
It’s all about hiking today! We will go on a nature trail into the mountains to get a view of Kathmandu valley.
Feedback sharing (evaluation)

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

Public Holidays

2024
11, 15 & 30 January
19 February
08 March
08, 10, 13, 16 & 24 April
01, 23 & 29 May
17 June
19-20, & 26 August
06-07, 17 & 19 September
03, 10-12, 14-15 & 17 October
01-02, 07 & 15 November
25 & 30 December

School Holidays
Mid March to 3rd week of April every year - School Holidays - Term break

Volunteers can join the construction or kindergarten program. Please note that the school holidays are sometimes adjusted depending on the school’s plans

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

Minimum age of 18
Intermediate level of competency in English
Educational requirements: High school graduate
Police Clearance Certificate on sign-up
2 copies of passport required on arrival
Travel & medical insurance
4 passport size photographs (that can also be taken locally at the start of your program)

COVID-19

You don’t need any proof of a COVID test to join the project. However, it is recommended to take a self-test kit with you in case you get COVID-like symptoms, whilst at the volunteer project.
However, please still check please with your airlines and the country's health guidelines on this matter.

What Makes a Good Volunteer?

Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.

Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.

How Long Should I Volunteer?

Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.
Overzicht

Wat is inbegrepen?

Extra kosten tijdens tour
None

Activiteiten

Weekends are free to relax and to explore the local area.

Accommodatie

Your first two nights are at the volunteer house in Kathmandu.
The volunteer house in Kathmandu is 5 km away from the city centre and has rooms with 4 to 6 people sharing on a single gender basis and space for up to 36 volunteers. The modern bathrooms with hot showers are shared with your roommates. There is a modern kitchen and dining room, a refrigerator where you can store food and beverages, a fully furnished living room, live-in staff on call 24/7, a garden with a comfortable, covered area for relaxing including a smoking area as well as 24/7 security. Other amenities available at the centre are a TV with SKY, DVD player and Wi-Fi. Unfortunately the internet connection might occasionally be slow and irregular. Laundry facilities are available at an additional fee.

Your accommodation in Pokhara will be at a local homestay, based upon your placement school in Pokhara. You will stay in shared single-gender rooms (2-4 people per room) with bathrooms shared with other volunteers, as well as with the host family. The family house is complete with living areas, dining areas and a balcony overlooking the green mountains. During your stay with your family, you will be a part of the family. It will give you a total immersion into the local culture.

Only cold water showers available. Bed linens are included, but towels are not. No air-conditioning, but there are fans. Laundry facilities are available for a fee.

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Arrival Information
Meet us upon landing
You will be met at the airport in Kathmandu and transferred to the volunteer house in Kathmandu, your onwards transfer to Pokhara on tuesday is included, if you are not taking the Cultural Week in Kathmandu. The airport transfer is available for arrivals on Sunday between 06:00 and midnight. Look for the 'The Green Lion Nepal' sign board at the airport outside the arrival gate. If you don’t see our clearly marked staff, DO NOT move from the meeting point. They will find you.

Meet us at a meeting point
If you are arriving to Kathmandu by land, the meeting point is The Green Lion Nepal Program House (Dhapasi Height, Tokha 06) at 16:00 on Sunday.

If you are arriving to Pokhara by land, the meeting point is Birauta Ram Mandir at 16:00 on Sunday.

Transfer Coordinator: Mr. Shrestha Abhay (Languages: English, Nepalese)
Mobile: +977 9818451106
If you are lost or have any major concerns regarding your transfer, please try to contact the coordinator at the airport first.

Emergency: Rajesh Shrestha (he speaks English)
Mobile: +977 9851 034 651
Land line: +977 1 437 7623 / +977 14377696
Email: [email protected]
Use these numbers only in case of a GENUINE emergency. If you experience problems with your pick-up, please call the transfer coordinator at the airport first before trying these numbers.

Tourist Police: Dial 4226359 / 4226403
The Tourist Police of Kathmandu are trained to assist you in English. Direct any safety concerns to them.

Transportation between Kathmandu and Pokhara is not included if you choose the Cultural Week
If your first program is in Pokhara, you do not need to pay extra for the transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara on Tuesday in the first week.
Otherwise, a tourist bus between Kathmandu and Pokhara including a transfer to the bus station and pick up in Pokhara costs EUR 13 in each direction (this is paid locally.) If you choose to return to Kathmandu at the end of your final week, one night’s accommodation in Kathmandu on Friday is included, check out is on Saturday.
Otherwise your last night of accommodation is in Pokhara and check out is Saturday in Pokhara.

Maaltijden

You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are Nepali food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a meat dish about once a week. You can also use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself.

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Dress Code
Casual dress is appropriate during your time at the school, however, no see-through clothes or low-cut tops are permitted.

What to Bring
Toilet paper, towels, toiletries, mosquito nets and mosquito repellant are NOT provided so you will have to bring these along with you. Please also bring warm clothing, hiking shoes and tidy clean clothes for temple visits, and take care of malaria precautions.

Visa
Please remember to take care of the visa arrangements on time.

Money & Shopping
ATMs: There are ATM's in and around Pokhara. It fully depends upon location to location.
Shop: There will local shop in and around the family.

SIM Card
We highly recommend buying a cheap local SIM Card for your whole time in Nepal, not only for your own personal safety, but also for easier and cheaper communication with the other volunteers, staff and family back home, and especially if you are traveling to us by yourself. You can usually get one during the Culture Week, if you've decided to include it. You will have to have 1 passport size photograph and a copy of the passport with your visa to get a SIM Card.

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